UrbanK9, I am in Illinois as well(Chicago 'burbs) and compared to other places I have lived, it is flat, but I have found that while riding, it is FAR from flat! I started riding about 3 weeks ago after a 28-ish year break ;) and my legs seem to give out fairly quickly on hills as well.
I don't have problems with leg cramps (oddly enough because if there is a side effect, I generally get it!) and am in agreement with others here about making sure you are hydrated and fueled up before you head out. Its a lot easier to start out fueled then to try and play catch up.
Tracy, Illinois, CST
Man sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;
The result being that he does not live in the present or the future;
he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.
~The Dalai Lama
| Pounds lost: 23.0